This course surveys the architecture and urbanism of China, Japan, Africa, India, the Muslim world, the South Pacific, and the native cultures of the Americas from prehistory to the present. A comparative approach is used to illustrate how different cultural, religious, and philosophical values and goals greatly affect built form. Emphasis is placed on the social and historical context of the sites discussed.
Please find an architecture that is NOT listed in the photos provided in the uploaded attachment.
REQUIRMENTS FOR RESEARCH ESSAY ASSIGNMENT
1. MINIMUM 5–6 TYPED PAGES in length double spaced. This assumes size 12 font and 1 inch
margins with approximately 300 words per page, therefore a MINIMUM OF 1500 WORDS
(if you use a large font size or extensive footnotes, the paper length needs to compensate)
2. PROPER FOOTNOTES OR ENDNOTES. Following the Chicago/Turabian footnote format.
Parenthetical citations are not acceptable for an Art or Architectural History paper.
(see the writing center in Jen Library for information if you are not sure of this format)
Failure to include footnotes will result in a failing grade for the assignment.
Owl web–site for Chicago footnote style/format
3. ILLUSTRATIONS OR DIAGRAMS should be included and placed at the back of the text. Be sure
to refer to the figures within the text (ex. fig. 1, fig 2. etc) and include CAPTIONS and SOURCE
INFORMATION along with the image. Avoid embedding the images within the text, since the
images do not form part of the overall length of the essay.
4. BIBLIOGRAPHY at the end of the paper, which includes all sources used in the essay. Be sure
to use proper format for referencing web material is used (see writing center at Jen Library
for information if you are not sure about the proper format).
5. SOURCES NEED TO BE BOTH ADEQUATE AND SUBSTANTIVE. Although there is no absolute
number required, you need to have enough sources to adequately discuss and analyze your
topic. Likewise sources need to be reliable and written by credible authors. Consider first
books, academic journal articles and other printed materials. Avoid personal blogs and travel
6. BE SURE TO PROOFREAD FOR GRAMATICAL AND SPELLING ERRORS
7. PAPERS NEED TO BE ANALYTICAL, NOT SIMPLY DESCRIPTIVE. To write an acceptable paper
for this course it needs to go beyond merely describing the form or relating the history of the
monument or artwork. Your essay needs to relate the topic to some larger issue or meaning.
Therefore it is important that you develop a THESIS statement or central idea as part of your
introduction, which is then carried throughout the BODY of the essay, and finally restated in
the form of a strong CONCLUSION at the end. If you are having trouble with this issue, please
come discuss your topic with me and I will help you develop a thesis statement.
The assignment requires that you focus on an INDIVIDUAL WORK OF ART OR ARCHITECTURE
that is related to the topics of the course, but are NOT specifically addressed in the lectures.
Therefore when in doubt, it is helpful to discuss the topic with me before hand. Likewise it
is very important that you begin your research as soon as possible, so that if you select a topic
which may turn out to be difficult to research, you will have time to change before the due date.